The El Presidente Cocktail is a classic Cuban mixed drink made of rum, orange Curaçao, vermouth, and grenadine. The original recipe calls for blanc vermouth. Some believe this is the only classic cocktail that requires blanc vermouth but it is often made mistakenly with dry vermouth.
The El Presidente cocktail was created in Cuba, and quickly became the preferred drink of wealthy Cubans during the 1920s through 1940s—the period when America had banned alcohol. There are multiple claims as to the invention of the cocktail and which Cuban president it was named for. Like many cocktails from that era, El Presidente fell into obscurity following rum’s loss of appeal in the American spirits market.
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